PUNE: There is a good news for Pune fliers wanting to travel to Singapore. Pune will now connect with Singapore from November by air after a gap of almost seven months. A leading domestic airline will start the flight, said Pune Airport Director Ajay Kumar.
On April 17, Jet Airways suspended its service due to the burden of over $1.2 billion of bank debts. The airline was first to connect Pune to Southeast Asia and Australia. The service between the two destinations started on December 1, 2018.
However, Pune and Singapore had high premium traffic and the flight was patronised by hundreds of passengers.
“We have received an application from a premium airline. They have shown interest to start the service between Pune and Singapore. The slot was vacant since Jet suspended all its operations. The slots will be given soon. We are expecting that the service will resume in November,” said Ajay Kumar.
However, the slot has not been finalised. As and when the slots are given, an announcement will be made.
The flight connecting Singapore with Pune will resume after a gap of seven months. Pune has recorded the highest number of arrivals in Singapore from a non-linked Indian city.
“The city was demanding that at least the Singapore route vacated by Jet Airways should be allocated to some other airline, which can provide sustained flights and quality service on this route. It is heartening that this demand is finally being met with the city again expected to get its direct flight connection with Singapore in November. This will again provide the city with immense growth and employment opportunities,” said Dhairyashil Vandekar, Aviation Expert & Analyst.
“Being a direct flight from Pune, it was found very ideal by exporters from Pune and Western Maharashtra to export their perishable products on this flight,” he added.
While the discontinuation of Frankfurt flight was bad, there was consolation for Pune passengers as the Singapore flight provided relief for passengers to travel to the USA, Europe, Australia, etc. A large number of passengers also used Singapore as a gateway to travel onwards to different destinations across the globe and especially to Europe, Americas and Australia.
“Restoration of Pune-Singapore flight is indeed a good development. There was a demand for a flight to Singapore and further connectivity to the west coast of the USA, Australia, etc. This route will be more in demand as there are many travellers on this route and further,” said former Director-General of MCCIA Dr Anant Sardeshmukh.